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Watch The Queen’s Guard Perform The Game of Thrones Theme Song

Part of changing the guard at Buckingham Palace

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A YouTube user captured the moment recently when the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace played the theme song from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

According to the British Monarchy’s website, the music played at the Changing of the Guard “ranges from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs.” (h/t Rolling Stone)

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TIME viral

WATCH: Weird Al Makes Fun of Every College Fight Song

They all sound the same

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“Weird Al” Yankovic has been parodying songs by prominent pop artists – from “Word Crimes”, the grammar-themed spoof on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, to “Tacky”, a spoof on Pharrell Williams’s “Happy”, to “Handy”, a spoof on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

His latest music video makes fun of every college fight song. Sample lyric: “We’re great, and you suck.”

Cheer that way at your own risk, for some sports are trying to crack down on vulgar chants.

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TIME World

Reporter Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Angela Merkel in This Cringe-Worthy Video

It's the thought that counts

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In honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 60th birthday, a German TV reporter serenaded her with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday, Liebe Bundeskanzlerin (Dear Chancellor)” during a press conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium.

No other journalists seemed to sing along with Udo Van Kampen, Brussels correspondent for ZDF.

“I should have sung along, then it would have been better,” Merkel said, the Associated Press reports. “But thank you.”

So far, she said she has received flowers and champagne from her colleagues attending a European Union summit, though arguably, Germany’s World Cup win on July 13 was the best birthday present she got.

 

TIME viral

Weird Al’s Parody of Lorde’s “Royals” Is About…Foil

You might even be blinded by science

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest music video is a parody of Lorde’s “Royals” about aluminum foil. It also features a cameo by Patton Oswalt.

Sample lyric: “I just like to keep all my flavors sealed in tight / with aluminum foil (foil) / never settle for less / that kind of wrap is just the best / to keep your sandwich nice and fresh.” Things start to get a little weird, however, when he starts ranting about conspiracy theories.

Weird Al is releasing a music video a day for eight days to promote his new album Mandatory Fun, which came out July 15. Past spoofs include a parody of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” called “Tacky” and a grammar-themed parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” called “Word Crimes.”

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TIME Family

3-Year-Old Helps Rescue Elderly Man Trapped in Overheated Car

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He's a hero

A three-year-old boy in Tennessee called for help just in time when an elderly man was overheating and could not open the door of his car on a 90-degree day, Good Morning America reports.

Bob King, 68, had been sitting in the car waiting for his wife to come back from an event at Vestal Baptist Church in Knoxville. He was having trouble opening the door, which gets stuck a lot, when he saw Keith Williams, 3, pass by. He yelled for help, and the youngster went and got Pastor Jack Greene who was finally able to open the door. He took King into the church to cool off.

The amazing coincidence of this story: Williams’s mother Jessie said she had just taught Keith hot car safety.

 

TIME Internet

Here’s The First Instagram Photo Ever

Today in Internet history

Four years ago today on July 16, 2010, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom uploaded the first photo to the app, which was called Codename at the time. This picture of a golden retriever was taken at a taco stand called “Tacos Chilakos”, and the foot belongs to Systrom’s girlfriend, according to a spokesperson for Instagram. The name of the dog and its owner are unknown.

It may come as no surprise that the first image was a photo of a dog. After all, Instagram has become the kind of site where dogs can become celebrities, as a Shiba Inu and a persistently smiley dog named Tuna boast more than 890,000 followers and 870,000 followers respectively.

 

TIME Bizarre

3,000 Ping Pong Balls Accidentally Rain onto a Highway

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They were supposed to be dropped on a waiting crowd

As video of hail the size of golf balls pelting a Siberian beach goes viral, 3,000 ping pong balls have pelted a highway in Idaho, the Associated Press reports via the Idaho State Journal.

A pilot was supposed to drop them over a crowd, but accidentally missed.

The ping pong balls were supposed to be redeemable for candy and $100 gift cards during an event called Blackfoot Pride Days, a periodic celebration of local pride.

The good news is that prizes were reportedly passed out anyway despite the mishap.

TIME technology

Superman Fans May Be More Likely to Get a Computer Virus

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PSA of the day

Superman leads the list of “Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes” published by the Internet security software company McAfee. The list is supposed to warn web users that surfing online content about these superheroes gives you a greater chance of reaching a bad link, “malicious software designed to steal passwords and personal information” or any “website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware,” according to a statement.

McAfee’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes:

1. Superman
2. Thor
3. Wonder Woman + Aquaman (tie)
4. Wolverine
5. Spiderman
6. Batman
7. Black Widow
8. Captain America
9. Green Lantern
10. Ghost Rider

The research is pegged to the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, expected to take place July 24-27.

TIME Family

This 4-Year-Old Girl Went Around the City Clerk’s Office Asking Brides If She Could Be a Flower Girl

A different kind of proposal

A four-year-old Brooklyn girl wanted to be a flower girl so badly that she walked around the Manhattan City Clerk’s Office asking couples if she could participate in their weddings, NBC News reports.

Decked out in a floral dress and white gloves, Annabelle Earl carried a dozen pink and purple roses purchased at a bodega and held up a green poster that said “Can I Be Your Flower Girl.”

Finally, one bride said “yes.” When the moment finally came, the youngster was briefly overcome with stage fright, but got through the rest of the ceremony without a hitch. Afterwards, her mother Kim bought her “wedding cake” at a nearby bakery.

No word on whether the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio will invite her to be a flower girl at the weddings he officiates.

 

TIME Business

The 10 Most Endangered Jobs of 2014

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According to CareerCast.com

CareerCast.com has released a list of the top 10 “endangered” jobs, which draws on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The occupations are:

  • Mail Carrier
  • Farmer
  • Meter Reader
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Travel Agent
  • Lumberjack
  • Flight Attendant
  • Drill-Press Operator
  • Printing Worker
  • Tax Examiner and Collector

As Forbes put it, “The theme this year seems to be paper.”

However, CareerCast publisher Tony Lee told the business publication that flight attendants appear to make the list because airline cost-cutting reduces the number of them needed on each flight, plus more of them seem to be staying in their jobs longer, meaning there would be fewer openings.

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